Writing for Multi-Cultural Readers
Writing for Multi-Cultural Readers

Is There A Uniquely Asian Art for Children?
Is There A Uniquely Asian Art for Children?

The Writers & Illustrators Track gathers writers and illustrators together with publishing industry professionals to share, network and celebrate literature for both children and young adults from Asia and around the world.

Attend exciting sessions that discuss the development and creation of quality literary content for children and youths and connect with local and international literary professionals!

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5 Sep 2019 (Thu)

9.00am - 10.30am
L16, The Pod Keynote

AFCC Launch & Keynote Address

To officially launch the 2019 Asian Festival of Children’s Content, join us for the opening session of AFCC where the keynote speakers will offer their take on the theme of this year’s festival, Diversity in a series of keynote addresses, followed by a round table discussion.

Details

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 09:00AM 09/05/2019 10:30AM Asia/Singapore AFCC Launch & Keynote Address

To officially launch the 2019 Asian Festival of Children’s Content, join us for the opening session of AFCC where the keynote speakers will offer their take on the theme of this year’s festival, Diversity in a series of keynote addresses, followed by a round table discussion.

Details

L16, The Pod
10.45am - 11.45am
L5, Imagination Room Workshop

Pinned! The 3 ‘P’s of Creative Writing

Featuring: Pauline Loh

Learn to write creatively using the 3 ‘P’s! In this session, Pauline will share on how everybody can be a voice for the voiceless and capture precious memories. Participants will get the chance to exercise their creative skills to create an original out-of-the-box story! 

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 10:45AM 09/05/2019 11:45AM Asia/Singapore Pinned! The 3 ‘P’s of Creative Writing

Learn to write creatively using the 3 ‘P’s! In this session, Pauline will share on how everybody can be a voice for the voiceless and capture precious memories. Participants will get the chance to exercise their creative skills to create an original out-of-the-box story! 

L5, Imagination Room
B1, Programme Zone Panel

Current Trends in the Children’s Book Market

Featuring: Bijal Vachharajani, Aparna Kapur, Tina Narang, Sara Sargent

What are the current trends in the children’s book market? How do these trends affect publishers and editors in deciding which books to publish? This panel will examine current publishing trends in the children’s international book scene and the role of editors in shaping the narrative of the books.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 10:45AM 09/05/2019 11:45AM Asia/Singapore Current Trends in the Children’s Book Market

What are the current trends in the children’s book market? How do these trends affect publishers and editors in deciding which books to publish? This panel will examine current publishing trends in the children’s international book scene and the role of editors in shaping the narrative of the books.

B1, Programme Zone
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Panel

Dealing With Difficult Topics in Children’s Literature

Featuring: Goh Eck Kheng, Lin Xiaoling, Joanne Poon, Sabrinah Morad

In this panel, participants will gain insight into the process of developing children’s literature on difficult topics such as sexual abuse, depression and terminal illness. The speakers will share about the preparatory work that authors and illustrators undertake to familiarise themselves with the context at hand, as well as the possible social or cultural biases to avoid when presenting such topics to children.  

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 10:45AM 09/05/2019 11:45AM Asia/Singapore Dealing With Difficult Topics in Children’s Literature

In this panel, participants will gain insight into the process of developing children’s literature on difficult topics such as sexual abuse, depression and terminal illness. The speakers will share about the preparatory work that authors and illustrators undertake to familiarise themselves with the context at hand, as well as the possible social or cultural biases to avoid when presenting such topics to children.  

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
12.00pm - 1.00pm
L5, Imagination Room Talk

Personal Journeys, Stranger Worlds, New Perspectives: Illustrating Children’s Non-fiction in India

Featuring: Tanaya Vyas

This talk highlights new forms of narratives in nonfiction picture books across India and other regions of Asia through specific case studies. Gain insight into the marriage between traditional and contemporary perspectives from the lens of the personal as well as documented stories.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 12:00PM 09/05/2019 01:00PM Asia/Singapore Personal Journeys, Stranger Worlds, New Perspectives: Illustrating Children’s Non-fiction in India

This talk highlights new forms of narratives in nonfiction picture books across India and other regions of Asia through specific case studies. Gain insight into the marriage between traditional and contemporary perspectives from the lens of the personal as well as documented stories.

L5, Imagination Room
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Panel

Southeast Asian YA Science Fiction and Fantasy: We Do Exist!

Featuring: Joyce Chng

What is Southeast Asian YA science fiction and fantasy? Who writes them? Joyce Chng shares her experience and journey in writing science fantasy fiction for young adults inspired by the Southeast Asia region.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 12:00PM 09/05/2019 01:00PM Asia/Singapore Southeast Asian YA Science Fiction and Fantasy: We Do Exist!

What is Southeast Asian YA science fiction and fantasy? Who writes them? Joyce Chng shares her experience and journey in writing science fantasy fiction for young adults inspired by the Southeast Asia region.

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
B1, Programme Zone Talk

Visualising Emotions: Learning Grief and Loss in Contemporary Picture Books

Featuring: Ping-Shi Kao

Illustrations bring variety to the expression of emotions. This presentation explores the visual construction of grief and loss in contemporary picturebooks and the effect of visual literacy on the acquisition of emotion, to promote awareness of life education in Asia.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 12:00PM 09/05/2019 01:00PM Asia/Singapore Visualising Emotions: Learning Grief and Loss in Contemporary Picture Books

Illustrations bring variety to the expression of emotions. This presentation explores the visual construction of grief and loss in contemporary picturebooks and the effect of visual literacy on the acquisition of emotion, to promote awareness of life education in Asia.

B1, Programme Zone
12.00pm - 1.30pm
L16, The Pod Panel

Portrayal of Special Needs in YA and Children’s Books

Featuring: Suzanne Kamata, Myra Garces-Bacsal, Sarinajit Kaur, Hanna Alkaf

Join us for a panel discussion on choosing books with positive depictions of disability and how to write sensitively about children or youths with disabilities. Learn more about the book titles recommended by the panel.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 12:00PM 09/05/2019 01:30PM Asia/Singapore Portrayal of Special Needs in YA and Children’s Books

Join us for a panel discussion on choosing books with positive depictions of disability and how to write sensitively about children or youths with disabilities. Learn more about the book titles recommended by the panel.

L16, The Pod
2.00pm - 3.00pm
L16, The Pod

First Pages: Writing Critique

Besides judging a book by its cover, the first 100 words are often seen as crucial in determining the quality of a story. In this live manuscript critique session, a panel of writers and publishers will give their comments on the first pages of unpublished manuscripts submitted by festival delegates.

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 02:00PM 09/05/2019 03:00PM Asia/Singapore First Pages: Writing Critique

Besides judging a book by its cover, the first 100 words are often seen as crucial in determining the quality of a story. In this live manuscript critique session, a panel of writers and publishers will give their comments on the first pages of unpublished manuscripts submitted by festival delegates.

Submission Details

L16, The Pod
L5, Possibility Room Talk

The Making of Si Kian: Children’s Literature, Journalism and Storytelling under the War on Drugs

Featuring: Weng Cahiles

Learn more about Si Kian, a gripping children’s picture book that bravely discusses the dark topic of minors being killed in the war of drugs in the Philippines. Join the Si Kian team as they share their creative process in combining journalism and literature in the craft of picture book storytelling.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 02:00PM 09/05/2019 03:00PM Asia/Singapore The Making of Si Kian: Children’s Literature, Journalism and Storytelling under the War on Drugs

Learn more about Si Kian, a gripping children’s picture book that bravely discusses the dark topic of minors being killed in the war of drugs in the Philippines. Join the Si Kian team as they share their creative process in combining journalism and literature in the craft of picture book storytelling.

L5, Possibility Room
3.15pm - 4.15pm
L5, Imagination Room Panel

How the Perception of Identity Affects Readers and Writers

Featuring: Maya Thiagarajan, Friska Titi Nova

Writing for a young audience can be tricky, especially since they are a diverse group with varied tastes and interests, and come from different backgrounds. The speakers will share their insights on working with children and understanding their reading preferences. They will offer tips on how authors can understand their readers better.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 03:15PM 09/05/2019 04:15PM Asia/Singapore How the Perception of Identity Affects Readers and Writers

Writing for a young audience can be tricky, especially since they are a diverse group with varied tastes and interests, and come from different backgrounds. The speakers will share their insights on working with children and understanding their reading preferences. They will offer tips on how authors can understand their readers better.

L5, Imagination Room
B1, Programme Zone Panel

Fantasy and Folklore in Philippines’ Children Literature

Featuring: Gabriela Lee, Evelyn F. Cabanban

In this session, speakers will examine the connection and relationship between folklore and fantasy. Join us to learn more about the roots of fantasy and how traditional Philippine folklore has been re-appropriated and assimilated into contemporary fantasy fiction.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 03:15PM 09/05/2019 04:15PM Asia/Singapore Fantasy and Folklore in Philippines’ Children Literature

In this session, speakers will examine the connection and relationship between folklore and fantasy. Join us to learn more about the roots of fantasy and how traditional Philippine folklore has been re-appropriated and assimilated into contemporary fantasy fiction.

B1, Programme Zone
B1, Multi-Purpose Room

Portfolio Review

The Portfolio Review session provides an opportunity for conference delegates to book a one-on-one consultation session with renowned illustrators and artists from Asia and around the world. Don’t miss this chance to get invaluable feedback on your portfolio from the professionals, and learn ways to upgrade your skills and expertise. 

Consultation slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 03:15PM 09/05/2019 04:15PM Asia/Singapore Portfolio Review

The Portfolio Review session provides an opportunity for conference delegates to book a one-on-one consultation session with renowned illustrators and artists from Asia and around the world. Don’t miss this chance to get invaluable feedback on your portfolio from the professionals, and learn ways to upgrade your skills and expertise. 

Consultation slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Submission Details

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
4.30pm - 5.30pm
L5, Possibility Room Talk

The Depths of Fantasy

Featuring: Aditi Krishnakumar

Fantasy is often the first introduction children have to difficult decisions and philosophical conundrums. Ponder some of the harder questions and talk about early childhood stories and why they matter.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 04:30PM 09/05/2019 05:30PM Asia/Singapore The Depths of Fantasy

Fantasy is often the first introduction children have to difficult decisions and philosophical conundrums. Ponder some of the harder questions and talk about early childhood stories and why they matter.

L5, Possibility Room
L5, Imagination Room Workshop

Propelling Your Story through Multiple POVs

Featuring: Joyce Chua

Tackling multiple points of view in a story is said to be best left to the pros. But with practice, writers can master the techniques of using alternating POVs to speed up or slow down a story, to advance plot, increase tension, and reveal characters. When done right, it can help create a richer, more captivating story.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 04:30PM 09/05/2019 05:30PM Asia/Singapore Propelling Your Story through Multiple POVs

Tackling multiple points of view in a story is said to be best left to the pros. But with practice, writers can master the techniques of using alternating POVs to speed up or slow down a story, to advance plot, increase tension, and reveal characters. When done right, it can help create a richer, more captivating story.

L5, Imagination Room
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Panel

Matchmade: How Author and Illustrator Partner in Creating Children’s Picture Books

Featuring: Eva Wong Nava, Debasmita Dasgupta

A picture speaks a thousand words, and this rings even more true in children’s picture books. Hear these author-illustrator pairings as they detail their experience of collaborating on children’s books, and appreciate how these close partnerships can yield unexpected gems. 

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 04:30PM 09/05/2019 05:30PM Asia/Singapore Matchmade: How Author and Illustrator Partner in Creating Children’s Picture Books

A picture speaks a thousand words, and this rings even more true in children’s picture books. Hear these author-illustrator pairings as they detail their experience of collaborating on children’s books, and appreciate how these close partnerships can yield unexpected gems. 

B1, Multi-Purpose Room

6 Sep 2019 (Fri)

9.00am - 10.00am
L5, Imagination Room Talk

Children’s Tamil Stories in Singapore

Featuring: Malarvele Ilangovan

It’s one of the four official languages in Singapore, but how much do we know about the stories that are written in Tamil? Learn about the publishing output and trends for children stories in Tamil in Singapore, and the journey of writing and producing children’s stories in Tamil. 

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 09:00AM 09/06/2019 10:00AM Asia/Singapore Children’s Tamil Stories in Singapore

It’s one of the four official languages in Singapore, but how much do we know about the stories that are written in Tamil? Learn about the publishing output and trends for children stories in Tamil in Singapore, and the journey of writing and producing children’s stories in Tamil. 

L5, Imagination Room
10.15am - 11.15am
L5, Possibility Room Panel

Diversity and Minority Representation in Children’s Literature

Featuring: Yovita Siswati, Agnes Bemoe, Cheeno Marlo Sayuno, Sadaf Siddique

How do writers and publishers ensure that they are representing minority cultures appropriately? Join the four panelists as they share their reflections and challenges working in the field, from their efforts to increasing diversity, to writing as an outsider, and how this helps preserve a nation’s heritage and culture.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 10:15AM 09/06/2019 11:15AM Asia/Singapore Diversity and Minority Representation in Children’s Literature

How do writers and publishers ensure that they are representing minority cultures appropriately? Join the four panelists as they share their reflections and challenges working in the field, from their efforts to increasing diversity, to writing as an outsider, and how this helps preserve a nation’s heritage and culture.

L5, Possibility Room
11.30am - 12.30pm
L16, The Pod

Speed Pitching (Writing)

Featuring: Sara Sargent

Calling for all avid writers! Sign up for a 5 - 10 minutes slot to pitch your children’s book ideas to literary agents and publishing representatives. This session is open to all AFCC Festival Pass holders.

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 11:30AM 09/06/2019 12:30PM Asia/Singapore Speed Pitching (Writing)

Calling for all avid writers! Sign up for a 5 - 10 minutes slot to pitch your children’s book ideas to literary agents and publishing representatives. This session is open to all AFCC Festival Pass holders.

Submission Details

L16, The Pod
2.45pm - 3.45pm
B1, Programme Zone Panel

New Avenues for Children’s Books: Collaborating in a Global Economy

Featuring: Mark C. Evans

From submitting manuscripts to collaborating with other writers, illustrators and editors, the new digital economy has removed borders and created opportunities to collaborate and create innovative children’s books across oceans as well as the opportunity to explore new markets.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 02:45PM 09/06/2019 03:45PM Asia/Singapore New Avenues for Children’s Books: Collaborating in a Global Economy

From submitting manuscripts to collaborating with other writers, illustrators and editors, the new digital economy has removed borders and created opportunities to collaborate and create innovative children’s books across oceans as well as the opportunity to explore new markets.

B1, Programme Zone

7 Sep 2019 (Sat)

10.00am - 11.00am
B1, Multi-Purpose Room

First Look: Illustration Critique

A picture speaks a thousand words, and the panel will say a few. This panel of illustrators and publishing experts will comment on the illustrations of unpublished picture books as they look at them for the first time. 

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 10:00AM 09/07/2019 11:00AM Asia/Singapore First Look: Illustration Critique

A picture speaks a thousand words, and the panel will say a few. This panel of illustrators and publishing experts will comment on the illustrations of unpublished picture books as they look at them for the first time. 

Submission Details

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
3.15pm - 4.45pm
L5, Imagination Room Workshop

The Nuts and Bolts of Picture Book Crafting and Publishing

Featuring: Leila Boukarim, Barbara Moxham

Creating a publishable picture book is not as easy as it seems. Join Leila and Barbara as they take you through the process, from writing and illustrating to pitching your work.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 03:15PM 09/07/2019 04:45PM Asia/Singapore The Nuts and Bolts of Picture Book Crafting and Publishing

Creating a publishable picture book is not as easy as it seems. Join Leila and Barbara as they take you through the process, from writing and illustrating to pitching your work.

L5, Imagination Room